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The ASRock H55M/USB3 R2.0 is a mid-range microATX Intel H55 chipset motherboard similar to the ASRock H55M.

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Pros

integrated graphics support 1080p video playback - no need to purchase an additional graphics card for multimedia use

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great for a HTPC build - includes the essentials such as HDMI output, S/PDIF audio out and onboard video decoding

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lots of options in the BIOS - great for overclockers and performance tweakers

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Cons

only integrates a single USB 3.0 port - most boards include at least two

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limited support for legacy connections - lacks floppy disk and FireWire headers

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limited selection of cables are included in the box - lacks eSATA and USB 3.0 cables

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lacks SATA 6Gbps support - only compatible with the older SATA 3Gbps

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The ASRock H55M/USB3 R2.0 is a mid-range microATX Intel H55 chipset motherboard similar to the ASRock H55M. Obviously offering USB3.0 support over the H55M, the H55M/USB3 R2.0 does, however lack some features compared to the H55M, namely 1 less eSATA port and 1 less PCIe 2.0 x16 expansion slot. Otherwise, the two motherboards sport the same key features, including: an LGA1156 CPU socket, support for up to 8GB of RAM and integrated Intel HD graphics.

The H55M/USB3 R2.0's single USB 3.0/2.0 offers data transfer speeds of up to 5.0Gb/s when used with USB 3.0 compatible devices, otherwise behaving like any regular USB 2.0 port. Its LGA1156 socket allows the H55M/USB3 R2.0 to handle any Intel Core i3, i5 and i7-8xx CPU while its 2 DIMM slots allow for up to 8GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM with data transfer rates of 2600+(OC), 2133(OC), 1866(OC), 1600, 1333 and 1066MHz. Additionally, the H55M/USB3 R2.0's integrated Intel HD graphics processor supports 1080p high definition video playback and multiple monitor setups via HDMI, VGA and DVI-D.

Features

  • LGA1156 socket supports Intel Core i3, i5 or i7-8xx processor types
  • Supports up to 8GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM @ 2600+(OC), 2133(OC), 1866(OC), 1600, 1333 and 1066MHz
  • Integrated Intel HD graphics supports 1080p video and multiple monitors
  • Expansion slots: 1x PCIe 2.0 x16, 2x PCI Express 2.0 x1, 1x PCI
  • 5x USB 2.0/1.1, 1x USB 3.0/2.0
  • 5x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports, 1x eSATA
  • HDMI, DVI-D and VGA video output
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